Thursday, 18 February 2021

Ahead of 2023, Political Parties in C'River zones guber seat to South

As the tussle for the number one seat in Cross River State intensifies with several interest growing from the three senatorial district of the state, Political parties in the state have unanimously zoned the governorship seat to the southern senatorial district of the state. 

According to a press release signed by the technical committee of Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, Cross River State Chapter and made available to TND, the group argued that whereas zoning that was introduced into the political fibers of the state in 1999 has not caused the state any harm but has "brought about the peaceful coexistence and transition of power, but has also positioned the state as the most peaceful state in the federation in terms of political tussle." 

The Statement reads in full: 

The conference of Nigeria political parties (CNPP) haven taken a cursory survey and analysis of the political antecedents in Cross River State, with particular reference to the zoning of the governorship seat between the three senatorial zones of the state in the fourth republic, wish to categorically state as follows:

--- That zoning in Cross River State is a strategy that has not only brought about the peaceful coexistence and transition of power, but has also positioned the state as the most peaceful state in the federation in terms of political tussle. 

--- That the zoning system that has been in operation, started in 1999, with the then governor, Mr. Donald Duke, from the southern zone who served for eight years. He was succeeded by Sen. Liyel Imoke who hail from the central zone, who also served for eight years and automatically, power was moved to the northern zone where Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade emerged governor, and whose term runs till 2023.

--- That by the forgoing analysis, by 2023, the south would have waited for sixteen years, the central, eight years and the north nil.

--- Therefore, it is both logically and rationally that power should return to status quo, considering that the south has been waiting for sixteen years.

--- We are now calling on all political stakeholders, all political parties and the peace loving people of Cross River State, irrespective of political affiliations, social standing, origin of political loyalty and interest, to put all hands on deck , to ensure that we do not scuttle the peace we enjoyed in the state over the years, by allowing the south to produce the next governor come 2023.
--- More so, we call on all detractors to desist from their ill actions and negative vibes that may distract the government of the day and overheat the polity with the unnecessary call for the abolition of the zoning system.
Consequently, the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) appeals to the general public to join hands, in support of governor Ben Ayade's - led administration to deliver on its mandate to the people for a better Cross River State and Nigeria at large.
Technical committee
Comr. Ekpang Mojafu-Ekpang(Jr)
Committee Chairman 

Apst. Kelly Abbason
Committee secretary